Puzzle Quest on XBLA Honored With ‘Arcade Hit’ Status

July 16, 2008


D3Publisher, Inc. today announced
that critically-acclaimed game Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords™ for the
Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from
Microsoft has been inducted into the elite Arcade Hits program, which offers
some of the best-selling Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 games at permanently
reduced prices. An instant success with fans at its launch for Xbox LIVE Arcade
for Xbox 360 in October 2007, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords delivers
its popular and highly addictive game features that blend match-three puzzle
gameplay with strategy, character-building elements and a persistent storyline
set in the much-loved Warlords universe. The game incorporates all the
best-loved Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360 gameplay features like voice chat,
leaderboards and online competitive play. Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the
Warlords is now available for download via Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360
for a reduced price of 800 Microsoft Points.

“Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the
Warlords has been a tremendous success on all platforms and we’re pleased that
this is D3Publisher’s first greatest hits title on LIVE Arcade,” said Bill Anker,
vice president of business development and licensing, D3PA. “D3Publisher looks
forward to providing gamers with more incredible content through the imminent
launch of the Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords- Revenge of the Plague
Lord expansion pack as well as Puzzle Quest: Galactrix early next year.”

Set in the Warlords universe, Puzzle
Quest: Challenge of the Warlords tasks players to save the land of Etheria from
evil Lord Bane. Gamers engage in battles fought by means of competitive,
head-to-head and “match-three” style puzzle games in one of three gameplay
modes: Single-player, Instant Action or Multiplayer. Victory will advance a
players’ customizable hero, magical arsenal, creature companions and more –
ultimately rewarding gamers at nearly every turn and deepening their immersion
into the richly diverse world.

The Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the
Warlords- Revenge of the Plague Lord expansion pack will offer fans hours of
additional gameplay exclusively for Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360, with four
brand new Hero Professions: Bard, Rogue, Ranger and Warlock. Players will
adventure with new or existing Heroes to explore an expansive new area on the
Southern Map containing more than 25 challenging quests, cast more than 50 new
spells and collect more than 40 new magical items as they’re immersed into the
compelling story of Antharg, the Lord of Plague and brother to the infamous Lord
Bane. New monsters, bosses and more will challenge veteran and casual fans alike
for hours of compelling entertainment.

Puzzle Quest: Galactrix is a rich
new addition to the beloved Puzzle Quest universe. The game incorporates a
powerful blend of casual and hardcore gameplay elements, similar to those adored
by fans of the critically acclaimed Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords,
into an all-new futuristic, science-fiction setting. An innovative hexagonal
puzzle board allows for a wide range of strategic depth as it heeds to gravity
according to a player’s location in the game universe. A rich and detailed
storyline and fresh gameplay elements make the world of Puzzle Quest: Galactrix
a captivating new adventure to explore and conquer.

Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the
Warlords and the Plague Lord expansion content are rated E 10+ (suggestive
themes) by the ESRB.

Puzzle Quest: Galactrix is scheduled
for release in early 2009, and is confirmed for Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360,
Nintendo DS system and Windows PC. The game is currently rated “RP” (Rating
Pending) by the ESRB. For more information about the Puzzle Quest universe,
please visit: www.puzzle-quest.com